In a Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) 2023 match between Brisbane Heat Women and Sydney Sixers Women at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane on Tuesday (November 21) an unusual incident unfolded, resulting in a five-run penalty for the Heats.

Unusual penalty in WBBL 2023 match: Brisbane Heat penalized five runs

The incident took place during the 10th over of Sixers’ run chase. Ashleigh Gardner, facing a delivery from Amelia Kerr, danced down the track and directed the ball to long-on. The fielder at long-on cleanly fielded the ball and threw it in the direction of Kerr, who was positioned near the stumps at the non-striker’s end. In an attempt to catch the throw, Kerr used a towel, which she was using to keep the ball dry due to the outfield’s dew. Umpire Joshua Adie deemed Kerr’s action a violation of law  and penalized Heat with five runs.

“A fielder will be deemed to have fielded the ball illegally if, while the ball is in play he/she wilfully extends his/her clothing with his/her hands and uses this to field the ball,” the law reads.

Here’s the video: 

Also READ: WBBL 2023: Ellyse Perry shines in Sydney Sixes’ clinical win over Brisbane Heat

Amelia Kerr’s costly error: Sydney Sixers’ victory

This unintentional mistake proved costly for Heat as Mathilda Carmichael (28*) and Maitlan Brown (21*) guided Sixers to victory by six wickets with one ball to spare, successfully chasing the target of 177. The Heat hadearlier posted 176/7 in their allotted 20 overs.

Upcoming fixtures for the Heat and Sixers in WBBL 2023

The Heat is now set to face Sydney Thunder Women in a crucial encounter scheduled for Friday, November 24 in Adelaide. On the other hand, the Sixers are gearing up for their last league game, which promises to be a thrilling derby clash against Sydney Thunder Women on Sunday, November 26.

Also READ: WBBL 2023: Laura Wolvaardt, bowlers shine in Adelaide Strikers’ thrilling win over Sydney Thunder

This article was first published at, a Cricket Times company.

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